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Model Interviews 7

Mr Aashish Kumar is a Candidate for the interview of the Indian Railway Services. He is a postgraduate in Public Administration.
Candidate
(Opens the door and says) May I come in, please?
Chairman
Yes, please come in and take your seat.
Candidate
(Comes in gracefully, with a smile on his face and says) Good morning to you, sir (and takes the chair thanking the Chairman).
Chairman
I see from your application form that you have done your MA. You could have chosen any other profession. What prompted you to opt for the railway service?
Candidate
Sir, I belong to the family of a railway officer and as such I have developed an aptitude and liking for a job in the railways. Moreover, if I am employed in the railways, I will get plenty of opportunities to visit places of cultural/historical interest in India which is not so easy in other jobs.
Chairman
Does this mean you know a lot about the Indian ­Railways? Could you tell us when the first railway line was opened in India and in which part of the country?
Candidate
Sir, the first steam engine ran on 16 April 1853. The first track, measuring 34 km, was laid between ­Bombay and Thane.
Member
What about other stations?
Candidate
Sir, first Calcutta was linked to Delhi in 1860 and then the Calcutta-Bombay line was opened in 1870.
Member
To whom goes the credit of starting the railway system in India?
Candidate
Sir, it was Lord Dalhousie, the Governor General of ­India, who gets this credit.
Member
Which is the fastest train in India and on which route does it run?
Candidate
Sir, India’s fastest train is the Shatabdi Express which runs between New Delhi and Jhansi and was introduced in 1988. Shatabdi Expresses have also been ­introduced on the New Delhi-Bhopal, New Delhi-­Lucknow and New Delhi-Chandigarh routes.
Chairman
Who is responsible for the administration and management of the Indian Railways?
Candidate
Sir, the responsibility for the administration and management of the railways lies with the Railway Board which is under the overall supervision of a Cabinet Minister assisted by a Minister of State. The Board consists of a Chairman, who is an ex-officio Principal Secretary to the Government in the Ministry of Railways, a Financial Commissioner and four other members, who are all ex-officio secretaries to the Government.
Chairman
What is the status of the Indian Railways in the world?
Candidate
Sir, the Indian Railways has grown into Asia’s largest and the world’s fourth largest railway system. It is also the world’s largest employer. That is not all. India has the longest railway platform in the world at Kharagpur in West Bengal which measures 833 m in length.
Chairman
Is there a train service between India and Pakistan? If so, what is the name of the train?
Candidate
Yes, sir, there is a regular train service between ­India and Pakistan. The name of the train is Samjhauta ­Express—a name given to it in 1971 after the Shimla Accord.
Member
When was the first electric train introduced in India?
Candidate
Sir, in 1925 when Victoria Terminus and Kurla rail routes were electrified.
Member
Name the train which covers the longest route.
Candidate
Sir, it is Himsagar Express running between ­Kanyakumari and Jammu and covering a distance of 3,726 km.
Chairman
Is there a compensation for a railway employee injured in an accident while on duty?
Candidate
Yes, sir. From July 1990, the Ministry of Railways ­enforced a new railway act, replacing the 1890 Act. Under this act an employee injured in an accident while on duty will be given the same compensation as a ­passenger. The liability of the railways for death and injuries in an ­accident has been enhanced under the new act with the next of kin of the dead passenger or employee being entitled to a maximum compensation of Rs two lakhs. The ­compensation payable for injuries will range from Rs 16,000 to Rs 2 lakhs.
Member
Where is the new rail coach factory located?
Candidate
Sir, it is at Kapurthala in Punjab.
Chairman
We think this will be enough. You may go now, please.
Candidate
Thank you, sir.




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